Marek Janowski has been Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony since 2002. This season he continues his exploration of Wagner’s operas with that ensemble, performing the complete Ring Cycle in Berlin’s Philharmonie.
Born in 1939 in Warsaw and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski’s artistic path led him from assistant positions in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg to his appointment as general music director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79). He has been a regular guest in leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, and in cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, among many others.
From 1984 to 2000 Mr. Janowski served as music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His other positions have included chief conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne (1986 to 1990), first guest conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (1997 to 1999), music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000 to 2005), and chief conductor with the Dresden Philharmonic (2001 to 2003).
Mr. Janowski is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the world, working in the US with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and in Europe with the Orchestre de Paris, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the NDR Symphony. In January 2013, he returned to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for the first time since his departure as musical director to conduct two all-Wagner concerts. Marek Janowski made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1990 and he has returned several times since then, most recently in January and February 2011 when he led works of Beethoven.
Mr. Janowski has made numerous recordings over the past thirty years, including a large number of complete operas and symphonic cycles, many of which have been awarded international prizes. He recorded Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden from 1980 to 1983. His recent Bruckner cycle, recorded for Pentatone has also been accorded high praise. The most recent disc in this project is ofBruckner’s Symphony No. 3, recorded with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.